|Posted:||March 14, 2018 12:33 PM|
|From:||Representative Aaron Bernstine and Rep. Jim Christiana, Rep. John Maher|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||State-Related Institution Transparency and Accountability|
|We plan to introduce a three bill package promoting transparency and accountability in Pennsylvania’s state-related institutions. These institutions receive considerable funding from the Commonwealth, but are not held to the same standards as the State System of Higher Education institutions.
The state-related institutions are as follows:
(1) Temple University
(2) The University of Pittsburgh
(3) The Pennsylvania State University
(4) Lincoln University
Please join us in co-sponsoring these important pieces of legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania’s state-related institutions are acting as responsible stewards of taxpayer resources.
|Description:||Proposal #1: This legislation expands the extent of documents and financial information that is statutorily required for state-related institutions through the Right-to-Know law. Currently they are not subject to the law, but the law requires the institutions to make a report of some limited financial information including certain employees’ salaries to the General Assembly, Auditor General and Governor.
Introduced as HB2675
|Description:||Proposal #2: This legislation subjects members of the Board of Trustees and other employees of state-related institutions who are responsible for taking or recommending official action to the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Ethics Act. This would require these individuals to file statements of financial interest.
Introduced as HB2676
|Description:||Proposal #3: This legislation makes substantial changes to structure and operation of the Penn State Board of Trustees, many of which are also recommendations noted by the Auditor General in a recent performance audit report. Specifically, this legislation will limit the size of the board to twenty-one voting members and one nonvoting member, as follows:
This legislation also provides for a majority of trustees to constitute a quorum, establishes three-year terms for trustees, and limits the total number of years served by a trustee to nine years in the aggregate.